Murray was stymied in Thursday's defeat at Detroit, managing 14 carries for 30 yards and going without a target. The Eagles committed to the ground game for just one quarter, but cascading touchdown throws from Matthew Stafford forced Chip Kelly to turn to the pass to attempt to keep pace. While Mark Sanchez put together an efficient, but unspectacular, performance (199 yards on 27 pass attempts), Murray wasn't on the receiving end of any of his throws. As a result, Murray was unable to augment his dismal rushing total for those in PPR formats.
Murray carried the ball 13 times for 64 yards in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay. He added four catches on five targets for 27 yards and fumbled during the game. The fumble could spur memories of Murray's fumbling problems from 2014, but all five of Murray's fumbles last season came in the season's first eight games and he had gone 17 fumble-free games until Sunday's mishap. Though the score forced Philadelphia to limit the run, Sunday's 4.9 yards-per-carry average was Murray's second highest of the season. Murray also caught at least four passes for the sixth time this season and moved up to second on the team in receptions. Fantasy owners may be disappointed with his five total touchdowns after last season's tally of 13, but the fifth-year back is collecting enough yardage on the ground and through the air to make it worth it to wait for scores.
Murray carried 22 times for 61 yards and caught six of eight targets for another 58 yards in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins. Despite his inefficiency, Murray produced one of his better outputs of the season in terms of total yards, although he failed to find the end zone for just the second time in the last five games. Backup Ryan Mathews left the game after suffering a concussion, leading to Murray setting a new season-high in carries. Murray would stand to benefit from an increase in usage if Mathews misses time, and it remains to be seen how quickly the latter progresses through the NFL's concussion protocol. Philadelphia will host the Buccaneers in Week 11.
Murray (groin) is active Sunday against the Dolphins. Murray logged full practices each day this week despite the ailment, so the back was likely never in true danger of missing the Week 10 contest. Although Murray has scored in three of his last four games, the Dolphins have allowed just seven rushing touchdowns on the year. They've been more susceptible to big runs, however, allowing 142.1 rushing yards per game on the year. Fellow running back Ryan Mathews (groin) will also be active for the contest, putting the Eagles backfield at full strength.
Murray ran for 18 times for 83 yards and a touchdown and caught six passes for 78 yards in Sunday's 33-27 win over the Cowboys. In his long-awaited return to his former home stadium, Murray played his best game of the season. He was a dangerous weapon out of the backfield, both in the run game and the passing game, catching a couple of wheel routes that caught Dallas linebackers on their heels. After reportedly struggling with injury troubles in the first half of the season, Murray looks healthy and dynamic as ever as the Eagles face the second half of the season.
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